Located in Southern Ontario, Quinte West is set on the Bay of Quinte on Lake Ontario and was only officially amalgamated as a city in 1998.
However, it has a population of 43,000 and a land area that covers 494.15 sq. km.
Some of the city’s architecture dates quite a long way back and the buildings are beautiful and unique, adding a certain charm to the city.
Quinte West was formally part of Hastings County but became a separate city in 1998.
Trenton is one of the key areas at the heart of the municipality, while other populated areas include Sidney,Murray, and the Village of Frankford.
Due to its positioning on Lake Ontario, Quinte West has a number of recreational facilities including boating and fishing, and it’s a popular vacation spot for people looking for an escape.
The Bay of Quinte is incredibly picturesque, and the downtown area has two marinas, fishing piers, and a range of entertainment options. Many Canadian military operations run from Quinte West, and the Canadian Armed Forces transport hub serves as the city’s biggest employer.
It’s also home to a number of large companies, including Nestle Canada, Saputo Foods, and Electro Cables.
Quinte West enjoys four seasons during the year, and has a fairly moderate climate due to its positioning by the Bay of Quinte on Lake Ontario, which creates milder summers and winters.
The average temperature in winter is -4°C, while in summer the average temperature is around 21°C.
Land: 494.15 km2
Many of Quinte West’s activities revolve around being outdoors and being around the Lake.
The city is the gateway to the Trent-Severn Waterway, and cycling/ walking are both lovely things to do especially around Trenton’s stretch of the Waterfront Trail.
There are also a number of beaches and parks.
The area is largely Christian, although there is also a small Jewish community in Quinte West and the surrounding area, and neighbouring Belleville has both a synagogue and a mosque.
Although the city is primarily English-speaking, the military base has brought families from across Canada, so French is widely spoken especially in Trenton.
Quinte West is made up of a number of areas, the primary districts being Trenton and Frankford. It has a vibrant and diverse community as well as a varied selection of housing, meaning there’s something to suit everyone. Properties include single-family homes, apartments, grand waterfront properties, and large rural estates.
Trenton, which sits at the entrance to the Trent-Severn Waterway, is a lovely area with a number of amenities and great access to schools, shops, and housing. Compared to Belleville, housing is slightly more affordable in Trenton, and buyers can choose from newer developments and older properties. One of Trenton’s key features is the marina, which adds to its charm.
Situated north of Trenton, Frankford is another one of Quinte West’s key neighbourhoods.
There are a number of new housing developments that have been built in recent years on both sides of the Frankford River. The area boasts a small-town feel and community vibe, and has a number of properties to choose from.
If you’re looking for an area that boasts spectacular views, rolling landscapes, and properties with a generous amount of land, Oak Hills is a lovely neighbourhood. Real estate is generally more expensive here; however, the price reflects the amount of land that comes with the property.
The most popular types of properties are 3-bedroom houses.
The Quinte West area is avery desirable place to raise a family or live independently, and houses are increasing in value year on year so it’s a great place to invest.
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The table above is based on data from the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) National MLS® Report for April 2016 (the latest information available). Median prices are based on data from www.canadianrealestatemagazine.ca.
In the borough of Quinte West, which includes areas such as Belleville and Bayside, there are a number of public elementary schools as well as a couple of public schools and French schools.
Trenton High Schooland Bayside Secondary School (with a French immersion) are the two public secondary schools in the area, and there are a number of other elementary schools in areas such as Bayside, Breadner, Frankford and North Trenton.
There is also a French elementary Catholic school called École élémentairecatholique L'ENVOL.